Gophers Take Home Four Top-Five Finishes in Big Ten Event Finals Six Gopher gymnasts and a total of seven routines qualified for the Individual Event Finals of the Big Ten Championships. Four routines finished in the top five.
The Gophers had six different gymnasts and a total of seven routines qualify for tonight’s Big Ten Individual Event Finals. Participants qualified by virtue of finishing in the top ten on their event during the first day of the competition.
Minnesota had four routines finish in the top five. Senior Russell Dabritz posted two fifth-place finishes, scoring a 15.20 on the still rings and a 14.55 on the parallel bars. Freshman Steve Jaciuk finished in fourth place on the high bar with a score of 14.5.
Zack Chase was the highest scoring Gopher of the evening. Chase finished second on the vault with an impressive 15.3.
Chase earned Second-Team All-Big Ten Honors for the Gophers as well. And senior Travis Heaver was presented as a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree.
“I’m very proud of how our finalists competed tonight against the best gymnasts in the Big Ten and in many cases the best gymnasts in the country,” head coach Mike Burns said. “This meet showed our guys they belong in the group of elite programs. As we prepare for the NCAA Championships in two weeks, we will be able to tap into what we did this weekend to stay focused on the task at hand."